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Listen while you read: "Forth In Thy Name"1 (Lyrics)
In the early days of the horseless carriage, a plank road was built through the deserts of Imperial County, California, USA. Thousands of planks were laid horizontally in an attempt to access that most difficult part of a commerce route from San Diego, California, to Yuma, Arizona. However, because of the shifting sands, it was difficult to stay on the path. Being built in segments, parts of the planking could be moved to accommodate the incredible movement of the sand. To make sure one reached the destination, it was important to stay on the path, but the shifting sands covered much of it so often that the roadway was soon given up for a better, less sandy route, one that would hold true and assure the drivers of their arrival.
In our present world, where there once was one road with traditional moral standards, there now seems to be a plethora of options to take us off course. The world can discreetly take a standard and make it vague over a period of time, much like the sand concealing Arizona's plank road. On the other hand, God's ways do not change and are not vague. We can be sure of His path and the light that He shines on it.
Some obvious truths are found in the Ten Commandments (Deuteronomy 5:6-21) that God carved into stone for Moses. Those commands, simple as they are, still hold true for a Christian's way of life today. Thinking of stealing? Or lying? Or adultery? Think again. These truths are to set our feet on a rock-solid foundation so that we won't get lost, and to assure us, as travellers in this temporary life, of living a better life, not being stuck in the sands of sin.
Here are a couple of simple examples of such commands.
Are you unsure of the god you follow? Maybe there's another way to heaven? Not according to Jesus, Who said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6 NKJV)
"So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." (Genesis 1:27 NKJV) God has made us like Himself! In this verse, He repeated that fact so that it might sink in. Let's be the best of who He made us to be. Let's not get lost on pathways covered by the sands of this world, that we might be something less.
These are just some of the directives that God has given us. They are like the painted lines on a highway, there to keep us safe. They are given to improve our lives, not to press us down and burden us. God's plans are intended to prosper us and not to harm us.
Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. (NKJV)
Let's stay true to God's way, even if it takes some digging to reveal His truths to us. Let's hide His Word in our hearts, that we might not sin against Him.
Prayer: Holy Father, Your Word is a light to our feet. As we read Scripture, may Your Holy Spirit speak Your truths to us. May we know Your ways, that we may live to bless You. In the power of Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.